Volunteers’ Week 2020: celebrating the work of our dedicated volunteers with Don One

Posted on 18-06-2020 by Maria Hughes

By Siȃn Finn, Volunteer Coordinator

For this year’s Volunteers’ Week, our dedicated volunteers were treated to 90 minutes of entertainment from Don One, a drag king originally from Birmingham. We wanted to celebrate and thank our fabulous volunteers for all they do in supporting our work. Despite it being lockdown we were still able to offer a fun and interactive social event on the last day of Volunteers’ Week via Zoom.

Thirteen of us were treated to three uplifting songs and two rounds of quirky queer quiz questions. The show started with Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher” and volunteers and staff did their best to join in on the chorus. Mid-quiz, we all shared our favourite gay icons and were given a rendition of “Star Man” by David Bowie, Don One’s gay icon for their androgynous stage personas. After the final random quiz round the performance ended with Don One singing Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”, which was a lovely reminder for us all during these strange times.

Steve, one of our new volunteers, said:

Loved the Don One Show. Put a real smile on my face at the end of a hectic weekend.

Andrew, one of our longest-serving volunteers, said:

I fully enjoyed taking part in this online event (even though I’m totally rubbish at quizzes), not only to be a part of something fun, also it was wonderful to have communication with others due to me living on my own and have, like lots, been self-isolating for the last 13 weeks without seeing one person in the whole of that time.

It was a fabulous way to round off Volunteers’ Week.  We are incredibly grateful to all our volunteers, not just during Volunteers’ Week but every week of the year.